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Ford recalls 518K SUVs in US over possible fuel leak, fire risk


The Ford Motor Company is recalling greater than 500,000 sport utility vehicles across the United States over fire risks resulting from a possibly cracked fuel injector. 

Ford, the second-largest automobile manufacturer within the U.S., said that while the likelihood of fires was rare, it was compelled to supply the recall after being informed of not less than 20 such incidents. The recall covers the corporate’s Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs manufactured between the 2020 and 2023 model years. 

In accordance with the corporate, a cracked fuel injector could cause fuel or fuel vapor to build up and end in a hearth under the vehicle’s hood. Repairs should not yet available, but Ford is working on a software update that can alert owners if their vehicle’s fuel injector is compromised. 

“If a pressure drop within the fuel rail is detected, engine power will robotically be reduced to attenuate any risk, while also allowing customers to drive to a protected location and stop the vehicle and arrange for service,” the corporate said in an announcement. 

Despite the recall, Ford shouldn’t be urging consumers to stop driving the models in query. As an alternative, the corporate says that if drivers suspect there may be an issue with their vehicle, they need to take it to a dealership and have it inspected. 

In cases where there may be an issue, Ford will replace the cracked fuel injector. The corporate can also be extending its warranties to cover a cracked fuel injector for as much as 15 years. 

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